Monday, June 17, 2019

The Meghan Murphy situation proves that Twitter is not a free speech zone

In an unsurprising court decision, Twitter prevailed in another lawsuit from a permanently banned user. Meghan Murphy, an articulate and prominent feminist advocate, lost her account for violating “misgendering” policy which has changed what they deem to be “hate speech.”

Murphy opposes the compelled speech which would force her to refer to what she calls “trans-identified males” using their self identified pronouns.

The question of whether or not “hate” is in the eye of the beholder or the mind of the speaker is part of the current debate. Murphy’s position has sought to identify biological facts about the differences between genders and the danger of pretending those differences don’t exist.

Right now it is a social fact that, despite employing the logical fallacy of argumentum ad populum, Twitter will make choices based on which group of people causes them more fear. And it is a legal fact that they have the right to make that choice.

While Twitter’s right to choose who they allow on their website legally remains within their discretion, they lost the right to call themselves a venue for free speech. Advocates for free speech never prove their mettle until they are willing to protect speech they loathe.

The court decision, shutting down Meghan Murphy’s lawsuit against Twitter for breach of contract, did not determine whether or not Murphy was guilty of hate speech. It only determined that Twitter was permitted to ban her from their website.



Anonymous said...

I avoid Twitter and all similar.

ScienceABC123 said...

So now in order to use Twitter you must lie. Count me out!

Anonymous said...

It's very simple to deal with these people. Take for example a man who claims to be a woman and demands that you address him as 'she.' Just tell him that you self identify as a sausage dog and demand that after every fourteenth word that person makes a 'woof woof' noise. If they refuse, or forget, or lose count just report them to the authorities as having committed a hate crime. Play, and beat them at their own game.

Stan B said...

So now we DON'T have to bake cakes for people we don't approve of, because we're private companies?